CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - University of Virginia President Jim Ryan says the work to make changes to the UVA Medical Center's debt collection practices started a month ago when he found out just how far they go.

A Washington Post article out Monday revealed UVA sued more than 6,000 patients a year for unpaid medical bills. Many of them are low-income and unable to pay.

Currently, the hospital sues patients with debts exceeding $1,000. UVA Health System told NBC29 that it hopes to announce changes to better help low-income patients by Friday, September 13.

In a statement on social media, President Ryan called the issue complicated due to the legal obligation to collect debts, but said in part, "We have discretion within those legal constraints to make our system more generous and more humane."

Full tweet from UVA President Jim Ryan: